Title:emecon 1 2010 Kollmorgen
Author: Raj Kollmorgen
Description:A comprehensive presentation of the main characteristics and findings of a „transformation theory“ with respect to post-communist socio-economic changes in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) might seem easier than the task really is. On the one hand, the notion „transformation“ does not represent the only conceptual term in the field as the competitive notions „transition“ and „reform“ demonstrate. This is a hint at the contested subject as well as the alternative basic theoretical assumptions and competing theoretical currents. On the other hand, the general possibility of a transformation theory and, assumed that there is such a possibility, its type and range keep a field of intensive debate. Against this background, it is impossible to offer here either an overview of „the analytical paradigm of transformation theory“ or a description of the state of the art in the post-communist transformation studies. This article tries rather to deliver a sketch of a particular theoretical position on the subject of transformation. This position is a sociological one, and more concrete: a position of a historical-sociological theory of societal transformations. Even under this limitation, the following theoretical considerations must confine themselves to the outline of a conceptual framework.
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